Volendam is a relatively small town tucked into the eastern coast of the Netherlands. Though it is small, it has a well-developed transportation system that includes ferries and buses.
An affordable way to get to Volendam is by the bus. The bus leaves from Central Station. They have day tickets for the whole area for just 10 Euros, and the tickets are valid for bus connections between Amsterdam, Volendam, Marken, Edam, Monnickendam, Purmerend, and Broek in the Waterland.
Understanding where you’re going is easy, since the Central Station has signs for each bus and where they’re going. For a good value, buy the Waterland ticket. It lasts you a whole day and covers the entire Waterland area. You can get on and off the bus as much as you want, as long as you keep using the “Arriva” Bus company. You buy the ticket from the driver as you get on the bus, then show the ticket to each driver at your next destination when boarding a new bus.
Being the number one day trip destination outside of Amsterdam, there are a large array of local and international tour and travel agencies that offer half day tours of Volendam from Amsterdam. You can also include stops to Volendam that include the Edam Cheese Tasting and the Dutch Windmill, or take a visit to a wooden clog factory.
Volendam and Marken are neighbors on Lake Ijsselmeer. They’re both quaint villages that are attractive and pleasant to walk through. Taking the ferry is a quick way to travel between cities. The thirty-minute crossing may not get you there any faster, but the experience will probably be more enjoyable than going by road. Once on board, you can buy some drinks and snacks, or just enjoy the views from the deck. Ferries set sail back to Marken every 30 to 45 minutes from Volendam’s harbor.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about transportation in Volendam.